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Queensland to lead growth

by Kate Watt, Marketing Manager 2 December 2015

This quarter’s housing market sentiment research from NAB shows Queensland bucking the national trend and emerging as the “most optimistic state for residential property” over the next 1-2 years.

Growth expectations have been scaled back in most other states, according to NAB Group Chief Economist Alan Oster.

The NAB report showed market sentiment improved notably in Queensland and was less negative in South Australia and Northern Territory. It softened in Victoria and New South Wales (although they are still the strongest states) and slipped to a new low in Western Australia.

When it comes to hard numbers, Queensland is now predicted to be the leading Australian state for capital growth, with NAB forecasting 2.6% growth in the next year and 3.4% over two years.

While these figures may not be reaching the lofty heights Sydney and Melbourne have seen in recent years, it’s fair to say slow and steady growth is better than none at all – and far better than the decline tipped for some states.

It’s forecasts like these that are behind mainstream media headlines of “Brisbane immune to southern housing slowdown” and “savvy investors look to Brisbane” reported on


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